Faro, Faro, Portugal Genealogy

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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the municipality of Faro.

History

  • First settlements date from the 4th Century.
  • Also known as Ossonoba.
  • Under Roman rule from 2nd-8th Century, then Byzantines and Visigoths.
  • Conquered by the Moors in 713.
  • In 10th century town known as Santa Maria.
  • In 11th century town know as Santa Maria Ibn Harun
  • In 1249, known as Santa Maria De Faroon or Santa Maria De Faaram
  • Moors defeated in 1249.
  • An edict of Manuel I of Portugal,in December 1496 expelling those who did not convert to Christianity. As a result, officially, there were no longer any Jews in Portugal.
  • In place of a jewish village the Queen founded the convent of Nossa Senhora da Assunção.
  • By 1540 it became a city.
  • English sacked the city in 1596 with fires that burned churches and other buildings.
  • In 1755 Lisbon Earthquake damaged churches, convents, and the episcopal palace among many other buildings.
  • In 1756 became the administrative capital because of the earthquake and tsunami.
  • The population of Faro is roughly 65000 people.[1]

Civil Registration

Online Records

After 100 years, all civil registration records are sent to the municipality's district office.

To view online civil registration records, visit Faro Civil Registration.

Contact a Civil Registration Office

The following is a list of civil registration offices within the municipality.

Conservatória do Registo Civil de Faro
R. Pedro Nunes
8000-405 Faro
PORTUGAL
Phone: 289827558
Fax: 289803897
Email: crc.faro@dgrn.mj.pt

Communicate your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing a letter or email in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases in this Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.

Catholic Parishes

Online Records

In 1910, the Portuguese government transferred all birth, marriage, and death records from all the country's parishes to the district offices. These records are now in either District or National archives. Many of these records have been digitized and can be viewed at the District Archive's website or on FamilySearch.

To view online records, visit Faro Church Records.

Contact a Parish

If you are seeking church records created more recently than 1910, it is possible to obtain them by writing to the parish where the record was created. Writing to a parish is not always a reliable way to obtain information, because officials may or may not respond.

Conferência Episcopal Portuguesa lists websites for the 20 Dioceses of Portugal. Once on the Diocesan website, use the listing of parishes (paróquias) to locate contact information for the parish in question.

Communicate your request in Portuguese whenever possible. For writing a letter or email in Portuguese, use the translated questions and phrases in this Portuguese Letter-writing Guide.

Cemeteries

Cemeteries did not become popular in Portugal until the late nineteenth century. Prior to this, individuals were buried in their parish church cemetery, and their bones were later removed to an unmarked burial place.

Cemitério Municipal de Porches
Faro, Faro Municipality, Faro
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Cemitério da Esperança
Faro, Faro Municipality, Faro
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Jewish Cemetery of Faro
Faro, Faro Municipality, Faro
PORTUGAL
Website: FindAGrave

Family History Centers

Faro Portugal Family History Center
R Pintor A C Antiga-Vale Carneiros à Pen
FARO ALGARVE 8000
PORTUGAL
Phone: +351 351-89801488
Email: PT_Faro@ldsmail.net
Website: Faro Portugal Family History Center

References

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Faro, Portugal," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faro,_Portugal. Visited 08/15/2017.